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Behavioral Therapies for Treating Female Sexual Dysfunctions: A State-of-the-Art Review

by 1,†, 2,3,† and 3,4,5,6,7,*
1
Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, 26006 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
2
College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
3
Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
4
Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
5
Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, CT 06519, USA
6
Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, Wethersfield, CT 06109, USA
7
Department of Neuroscience, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Shared first authorship.
Academic Editors: Michele Roccella and Du Geon Moon
J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11(10), 2794; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102794
Received: 14 March 2022 / Revised: 29 March 2022 / Accepted: 10 May 2022 / Published: 16 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Clinical Aspects and New Approaches)
Many possible factors impact sexual wellbeing for women across the lifespan, and holistic approaches are being utilized to promote health and to address sexual concerns. Female sexual dysfunction disorders, including female orgasmic disorder, female sexual interest/arousal disorder and genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder, negatively impact quality of life for many women. To reduce distress and improve sexual functioning, numerous behavioral therapies have been tested to date. Here, we present a state-of-the-art review of behavioral therapies for female sexual dysfunction disorders, focusing on empirically validated approaches. Multiple psychotherapies have varying degrees of support, with cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies arguably having the most empirical support. Nonetheless, several limitations exist of the studies conducted to date, including the frequent grouping together of multiple types of sexual dysfunctions in randomized clinical trials. Thus, additional research is needed to advance treatment development for female sexual dysfunctions and to promote female sexual health. View Full-Text
Keywords: female sexual dysfunction; cognitive behavioral therapy; mindfulness; treatment; female orgasmic disorder; female sexual interest/arousal disorder; genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder female sexual dysfunction; cognitive behavioral therapy; mindfulness; treatment; female orgasmic disorder; female sexual interest/arousal disorder; genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder
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Mestre-Bach, G.; Blycker, G.R.; Potenza, M.N. Behavioral Therapies for Treating Female Sexual Dysfunctions: A State-of-the-Art Review. J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11, 2794. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102794

AMA Style

Mestre-Bach G, Blycker GR, Potenza MN. Behavioral Therapies for Treating Female Sexual Dysfunctions: A State-of-the-Art Review. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2022; 11(10):2794. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102794

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Mestre-Bach, Gemma, Gretchen R. Blycker, and Marc N. Potenza. 2022. "Behavioral Therapies for Treating Female Sexual Dysfunctions: A State-of-the-Art Review" Journal of Clinical Medicine 11, no. 10: 2794. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102794

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